IELTS Speaking Friends or Friendship: Below are the sample answers of this recent topic in IELTS Speaking. Learn how to talk about friends or forging friendships by applying some topic vocabulary words and collocations.

Talking about friends, may they be good or best friends or fair-weather friends, is never complicated at all as they are always part of our lives. Get ideas on this post and make sure to answer questions strategically in order for you to achieve your target band score or even get a band 9.0!










What kind of people do you like to make friends with?


(Answer 1)


Well, of course, I’m into making friends whose interests are the same as mine. As I love outdoor activities, I can easily make friends with those who are also into what I love doing such as hiking, mountain climbing, and cycling, among others. Actually, the majority of my friends come from an outdoor sports club that I’m a member of.

(Answer 2)


I love to forge friendships with people who are full of joviality! The reason is obvious – I want to be happy and positive, I can’t stand making friends with those who are full of drama, being so sensitive, and those who get offended easily. Life is a gift to celebrate!  I can’t understand why there are so many pessimistic people in the world – so it’s impossible for me to make friends with them.


(Answer 3)


I’m very picky when it comes to making friends as a result, I only have a handful of friends but they are near and dear to me. I value honesty and loyalty, so if one possesses these valuable traits, I can easily make friends with him. 




Be into [idiom] – be interested in or involved with

Among others [phrase] – used to indicate that there are several more things or facts or people like the ones mentioned however, you don’t have the intention to name them all

The majority [noun] – the greater number 

Forge friendship [expression] – to make or form

Joviality [noun] – feeling jolly and full of good humor

Obvious [adj.] – clear

Can’t stand [expression] – unable to put up with something or someone

(Get) offended [phrase] – to make the person feel hurt, angry or upset by something said or done

Pessimistic [adj.] – negative; gloomy

Picky [adj.] – choosy; fussy and hard to please

Handful [noun] – a small number of people or things

Near and dear [idiom] – very close in relationship

Possess [verb] – have




i.) ANSWER 1: The speaker gave a direct answer using “Of course” (you can only use this in Part 1 but avoid using this in Parts 2 & 3 as this expression is informal) and expressed his idea of what kinds of people he could easily make friends with. He talked about his hobbies as a requirement of making friendship. Very realistic answer!

ii.) ANSWER 2: The speaker started developing his introduction by paraphrasing: he used forge friendship instead of make. If you can paraphrase, go for it, as it surely helps you get a good mark in the Lexical Resource. Then, he simply gave the obvious reason why and ended his answer by stating the fact that he couldn’t make friends with those negative people. 


iii.) ANSWER 3: The speaker talked about his personality first in terms of making friends, then, he emphasized the two qualities which he believed to be very important in making friends. It’s direct to the point answer!



Do you think you are a good friend to others?


(Answer 1)


Perhaps, I don’t know, I think it’s my friends who can say whether or not I’m good to them. I don’t want to sound biased, so I will leave it to them to judge me if I’m a valuable friend.


(Answer 2) 


I believe I am, as far as I’m concerned, my relationship with my closest friends would not last long if I was a terrible friend. Honestly, I treasure our relationship as much as I treasure my family. I believe that is one of the bases why I can confidently say that I’m a good friend. 



Perhaps [adv.] – used to express uncertainty; maybe

Biased [adj.] – unfairly prejudiced for something or someone

Leave it to somebody/something [phrasal verb] – to give someone responsibility for dealing with something

As far as I’m concerned [phrase] – to indicate that you are giving an opinion about something 

Treasure [verb] – cherish; hold dear 

Bases [noun] – plural form of basis; refers to foundation or reasoning




i.) ANSWER 1: The speaker expressed his uncertainty, he felt that it was not right, that the words should come from him. He believed that it’s his friends who could say whether he’s a good friend or not. The speaker sounded very natural!


ii.) ANSWER 2:  The speaker stated his opinion and used a very good expression to introduce his answer. He confidently believed that he was a good friend and he stated the reason and that’s about valuing his friends as much as his family. Well, if you think that you are a good friend, don’t hesitate to say so. 



What do you think makes a person a good friend?


(Answer 1)


I believe this varies from person to person, as for me, I always look up to a friend who has a word of honor – someone who keeps his promise. Also, being trustworthy is a major thing for me – I can say that a person is a great friend when he can be trusted. 


(Answer 2)


Well, a person can be a true friend when he is supportive of you in achieving your dreams in life. He’s there with you through thick and thin, not to mention being understanding and honest. Luckily, I’ve found those kinds of friends. 



Vary [verb] – differ

Look up to [phrase] – to admire and respect someone

Word of honor [noun phrase] – a promise that one will do something

Trustworthy [adj.] – reliable; honest

Through thick and thin [phrase] – under all circumstances





 i.) ANSWER 1: The speaker expressed his thought by saying that it all depended on the person who made friends – there’s no one answer that would fit all. So what he did was, he talked about his standards of what he thought could be a good friend. 


ii.) ANSWER 2: The speaker started his answer by being so sure – he described his bases of what a good friend is and ended his answer by saying that he’s blessed for being able to find such good friends in his life. Great answer!



Do you keep in touch with your childhood friends?


(Answer 1)


Yes, I do but definitely only the closest friends of mine. I have three childhood friends whom I consider for keeps. Two of them move out of our country, one is living in the US and the other one is in New Zealand while the other one is living in my neighboring town.  Well, we all have our own family now however we make sure to update each other every now and then.


(Answer 2)


Not at all! Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to make great friends during my childhood days, though I did have some friends. Besides, my family moved to the countryside from a city when I finished primary school so I didn’t have any chance to meet them again and ask for their contact information.




For keeps [phrase] – for always; permanently

Move out [phrase] – leave one’s place of residence 

Every now and then [phrase] – from time to time

Unfortunately [adv.] – sadly; unluckily

Besides [preposition] – in addition




i.) ANSWER 1: The speaker gave a positive answer and talked about his best of friends in his childhood. To extend his answer, he talked about the whereabouts of his childhood friends and ended his answer by stating that they continued to exchange news with one another. 


ii.) ANSWER 2: The speaker gave a direct negative answer and talked about his reasons for not keeping in touch with his childhood friends. Simple and direct to the point answer. Simplicity can never be wrong!!!

If you still lack the TOPIC VOCABULARY WORDS about FRIENDSHIP please look at the list of them on this link




And that’s all about IELTS Speaking FRIENDS  or FRIENDSHIP recent topic! Now that you have good ideas about friendship, make sure to speak with confidence during your actual IELTS Speaking exam.


Meaning of Words and Phrases Sources: Collins, Macmillan, Cambridge, Oxford

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